Social Innovation and Sustainable Business Talks podcast series – #4


The project is partly supported by The Mötesplats Social Innovation project funded by Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, and the Media, Management and Transformation Research Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden.

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In this podcast series, you will hear what practitioners from sustainability-oriented companies and academics from different fields focusing on social innovation and sustainability research think about the major challenges and future opportunities in the transition to the circular economy.

One of the perspectives in the discussions will be social innovations needed in addition to technological innovations to support more sustainable consumer behavior. The aim is to inspire business developers in companies to further develop more sustainable business ideas and promote social innovation.

The podcast closes with practically relevant research questions for researchers that will help us in the academia to focus on the key issues in transitioning to the circular economy.

Podcast #4

B Corp and Social Innovation – why CSR alone isn’t enough and why collaboration is key

Listen to the podcast at Spotify, Libsyn, iTunes (search for Vertikala samtal) or below.

Hosted by: Dr. Ulla Saari, Senior researcher at the Media, Management & Transformation Research Centre (MMTC), and Senior Research Fellow at Tampere University, Finland.

Companies in focus of the discussion: B Lab that is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. They also certify companies known as B Corps.

Company representation: Co-Director of Engagement Josephine Herzig from the B Lab Switzerland, the Swiss branch of the global B Lab NPO

Guest from Academia: Dr. Rachel Brooks, Head of Executive Education at the Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St.Gallen

Short bios of discussants

Dr. Rachel Brooks is the Head of Executive Education at the Competence Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at the University of St.Gallen. Through her work at CSI, Rachel strives to prepare professionals to navigate complex conditions in an uncertain and global environment, enabling them to achieve impact on the SDGs. She aims to help organizations adapt nimbly to changing conditions and innovate new solutions to systemic challenges. Before turning her focus to transformational professional development at the University of St.Gallen, Rachel worked in Latin America at the nexus of business, agricultural producers, government and non-profit organizations in the global food industry.

Josephine Herzig is the Co-Director of Engagement at B Lab Switzerland, the Swiss branch of a global NPO which seeks to build a community of people using business as a force for good. She is particularly passionate about leveraging the potential of business to drive the UN Sustainable Development Goals and further "One Planet" thinking, and as such co-leads the Swiss Triple Impact program – a unifying program for moving the Swiss ecosystem towards a sustainable and resilient economy.

Ulla Saari

Dr. Ulla Saari holds a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering from the Tampere University of Technology, and a M.A. degree in Languages and Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her current research topics include: sustainability, sustainability-oriented innovation, sustainable production and consumption, and sustainable business models. She also has 20 years’ experience in the high-tech industry in various senior manager level roles in international organizations.

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